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June 28, 2013 10:45 AM How the Supreme Court Responds to Public Opinion

It has been rather challenging for legal scholars to portray the Supreme Court opinions of the past few days as somehow following logically from precedent or even from the past judgments of individual justices. As University of Chicago law professor...

By Erik Voeten

June 26, 2013 12:31 PM The Supreme Court Matters Less Than You Think

In a classic “Doonesbury” cartoon from July 1973, the chief justice of the U.S. prefaces the reading of an opinion with these words: “Well, we’ve been conferring like crazy, and I think we have got ourselves another snappy 5-4 decision.”...

By Stephen L. Carter

April 02, 2013 10:54 AM Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Retirement and the U.S. Senate

Over the weekend, I had a Salon column arguing that Ruth Bader Ginsburg should retire at the end of the current Supreme Court term (with retirement taking effect upon confirmation of her replacement). Today, I did a follow-up looking at...

By Jonathan Bernstein